National Lampoon's Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj Synopsis
Taj (Kal Penn) shows straight-laced students at a British university how to party.
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Boston Globe

The Rise of Taj is relatively pointless in the scheme of things, but refreshing in what it (mostly) doesn't resort to for laughs.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Everything old is old again in this rickety extension of 2002's already rickety "Van Wilder."
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New York Post

By Kyle Smith
Ryan Reynolds isn't around this time - and neither is most of the wit.
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Chicago Reader

By Reece Pendleton
This is shocking only for its tepidness; except for some raunchy language, it's ready-made for basic cable.
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The New York Times

By Jeannette Catsoulis
National Lampoon’s Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj harnesses smut and silliness to an oddly innocent tale of true love.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
If you liked "Van Wilder," which starred Ryan Reynolds and Tara Reid, be warned: The only person returning from the cast is the boring...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
While Kal Penn manages a decent lead performance as Taj, the writing is terrible.
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TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
The laughs are low, the breasts are high, and the film is instantly forgettable.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
So blatantly not funny that it might as well have been called "National Geographic's Van Wilder 2."
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Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
Granted, the state of the indie hipster and/or Big-Man-on-the-Quad aesthetic has probably skewed a bit since I was a frosh, but good lord,...
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Very Entertaining

By jimbobx7
Most would say that sequels can't compete against the original. In my humble opinion, I think The Rise of Taj was very entertaining, perhaps even more so than the original. If you're looking for a...

A must see movie

By Skoochi
I think that this movie is going to be so funny and a must see...

great movie

By no names pleasessseseess
great movie, easy laughs, you don't have to think too hard. if your looking for a thought provoking movie, you're looking in the wrong place. just a relaxed, easy going, funny movie....

Face to the comedy has changed

By mikeybb81
It was a movie that was covering different concepts of college from the first one. The main character Taj might have been simular to Van from the original, but all actions and/or phases coming from...

If you are not paying....

By inhuman_x3
I would recommend this movie if you have seen everything else already. And if someone else is paying. And if you are someone who gets up to go to the bathroom a lot durring movies. And if you want to...

Thought it would be a little better!

By jaxnc-movies
It was about what I had expected, but I went to see it. You can wait until it comes out on DVD. It had a few really good laughs....


By mnsweeps2
Taj was really good in it !!...

For Teens

By moviebuzz120
This movie is a typical National Lampoon movie and if your not going in thinking otherwise of course you going to hate it this is funny if you like bathroom humor and fart jokes. sorry to all the...


By sheldar
The Rise of Taj totally lives up to the Van Wilder standard.. a must see. Was laughing out loud constantly. I plan to add this one to the DVD collection when it gets released.. Well worth the...

Van Suckier Than the Original

By alextellsyouwhattothink
Here's the problem: this "Taj" character lacks the dry, witty, & cruel sarcasm of his predecessor.  I cannot respect a comedic character who is so god damn nice to his fellow...

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What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Not for kids 17 and under Lame, horrid sequel is even worse than the first.
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